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TV Legend Andy Griffith Dies At 86: Rest In Peace, Sherrif Taylor
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TV Legend Andy Griffith Dies at 86: Rest In Peace, Sherrif Taylor

Actor, director and former educator Andy Griffith has died in his home state of North Carolina. He was 86 years old. Born June 1, 1926, Griffith spent time teaching high school English before moving on to acting. His major film debut came in 1957 with "A Face in the Crowd". That film was reissued in 2005, coming out on DVD with extras including interviews with the remaining cast members. Three years later, Griffith had a role in the popular show, Make Room for Daddy starring Danny Thomas. That role, as a small town sheriff, led to the popular Andy Griffith Show which would run for eight seasons. Griffith starred as the soft spoken, even tempered, Sheriff Andy Taylor, widower who was raising his young son with the help of his aunt and the assorted members of the small town. Taylor rarely saw fit to actually imprison anyone and never carried a gun during the entire run of the show. His deputy, Barney, carried a gun but only had one bullet that he kept in his pocket.

In 1986, Griffith returned to the small screen, this time as a public defender in the show, Matlock.

Mr. Griffith was given a number of awards including the TV Land Legend Award in 2004 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the following years. His 1996 gospel album went platinum. But, in addition to his awards, his health has caused him a myriad of problems, starting in 1983 when he was diagnosed with the nerve disorder, Guillain-Barre Syndrome. That condition caused pain and immobility for a number of years. In 2000, he was forced to undergo serious heart surgery after a heart attack. A 2007 fall forced Mr. Griffith to have hip surgery. He still continued to work, intermittently, including a 2010 TV spot for Medicare supplemental insurance.

Many of Andy Griffith's former costars were also his personal friends as well. Don Knotts, who played Deputy Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show was one of his dearest friends until Knotts succumbed to lung cancer. He continued to have contact with others, including Ron Howard who starred as the young Opie Taylor in the series. Howard, now a major director/producer in his own right, was among the first to tweet about Griffith's passing.

Andy Griffith is survived by his third wife, Cindi and his daughter, Dixie. His son, Andrew Jr. passed away in 1996. Arrangements and other details have not yet been released by the family.


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very nice Amie

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  about 1 decade ago
Sharon8  

Fantastic job on a childhood love...kudos!

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  about 1 decade ago

Extremely likeable celebrity. RIP A.T. and thanks for the memories. Chris Kelley - Framingham.

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  about 1 decade ago

I just loved Andy and all his TV shows. He will be missed!

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  about 1 decade ago
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